Electronics have become more advanced, and the standard 50-60 Hz wiring system has become obsolete and can no longer meet the functioning capabilities of these devices and appliances. Because of this, developers manipulate the way modern electronics adapt to this system. They may apply three techniques as follows:
These techniques interrupt the regular flow of standard 60 Hz AC suitable for most modern wiring systems. The anomalies that result from these manipulations create surges and spikes of electricity. People refer to these spikes as ‘dirty power’, ‘electrical noise’ or ‘dirty electricity’.
Modern electronic equipment like TVs, computers, mobile phone chargers, energy-saving light bulbs and other products need electricity of approximately 120 V. These modern devices often use two methods to achieve this:
Laptop chargers have transformers shaped as boxes that regulate the voltage and prevent the machine from overheating.
The main issue with these transformers is that they intermittently switch the voltage from AC to DC, which interrupts the flow of smooth sine waves and produces dirty electricity or dirty power.
Dirty electricity flows to the breaker box and then travels downstream to all outlets in your home. Since most electronics don’t use this dirty power, it continues to move into neighbouring homes or buildings.
Dirty electricity typically interferes with optimum functioning of electronic appliances, creating a phenomenon referred to as power line electromagnetic interference (EMI). Today, as an electrical appliance draws power from the main building wiring, it not only gets the standard electricity as initial input but also receives the erratic surges and spikes of energy. Many electric appliances malfunction when this happens as they are not equipped to handle this dirty electricity.
Research now shows that dirty power might disrupt essential electrical functions within the body. Regular exposure to electropollution has often been associated with a wide range of health problems. It is therefore imperative to find ways to minimize your exposure to dirty electricity.
Dirty electricity ultimately emits unsafe, and unwanted, electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs). These EMFs are linked to health complications and now studies show that low-level exposure can cause various diseases including mood swings, headaches, fatigue, digestive issues, asthma, heart arrhythmia, fertility issues, cancer, diabetes, etc.
Despite a growing number of studies showing the various health risks associated with EMFs, government agencies face challenges when trying to determine whether they can find ways to minimize EMF levels.
The many factors that come into play when assessing what EMF levels are safe include pulse and frequency variations, electrical voltage and duration of exposure. These factors make it challenging to set best safety practices in the home. Most safety guidelines only consider EMF levels that can affect and ultimately increase the temperature of an object.
The easiest way to check and measure dirty electricity is to use a dirty electricity meter.
We offer one from TriField, which is an excellent meter and essential for measuring the dirty electricity in your home.